Is deafening silence or yelling usually the result of simply talking to your teenager?
Are you aware of or worried that your teen is cutting or harming himself/herself in other ways?
Is your teenager angry all the time and directing that anger at you, teachers or your whole family?
Has your teen stopped thriving?
“My teenager won’t talk to me. What would make them talk to a therapist?”
Teens don’t always talk in therapy and there is a possibility that they won’t talk or want to participate in therapy. Many teenagers initially fight the idea of going to therapy and make it clear that they “DO NOT WANT TO BE IN THERAPY!”
I have helped many teenagers who do not want to be in therapy through my patient and relaxed approach to therapy. I have found that many teenagers want to be KNOWN. Once given the chance to share who they are with someone outside of their family and social circle they will slowly start to lower the walls they have built in response to anger, sadness, anxiety, trauma or loss.
Therapy with teens often involves talk therapy combined with art, play and movement activities. I have found this combination helps teens ease away from their defenses and learn new coping skills. Teens explore and express feelings that they would otherwise be scared or embarrassed to say, through art and movement.
You have already taken an important step by seeking help. Now take the next step and contact me here or call (818) 669-4850 to set up an appointment to discuss what your teen is currently facing.